Dear President Biden,

As 2023 comes to a close and COP28 gets ready to begin, the world faces unprecedented climate disasters. These are not only headline-grabbing sudden onset events, like Hurricane Otis which went from a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane in a single day, but the ongoing catastrophes of drought, flooding and heat that are causing hunger and harming people and communities every day all over the world. We urge your administration at COP28 to recognize the United States’ historical responsibility and commit to contributing its fair share of the global effort to counter climate change.

You frequently express a commitment to being a climate champion, but the actions of your administration have not matched the lofty rhetoric. For example, approving fossil fuel expansion like the Willow Project domestically, or when your Administration blocked crucial IPCC data from being included in the UNFCCC’s Global Stocktake Synthesis report to prepare Parties for COP28. This data showed that North America’s 4% of the global population is responsible for 24% of global emissions since 1850 while Southern Asia’s 25% of the global population is responsible for only 4% of the global emissions.

Being a climate leader means not just doing something, but doing our country’s fair share of the global effort to keep global temperature limits of 1.5°C in reach. Because the US has contributed so much to the climate crisis historically, it is time for the country to step up to the plate, and hit a home run for climate ambition, finance, and support for other nations. That means the United States must do more than the mere 50% emission cuts by 2030 in your current Paris pledge. It is time to do our fair share.

Doing our fair share means:

Reducing domestic emissions by 70% from 2005 levels by 2030 (13.62 million metric tonnes)
No new fossil fuel infrastructure and a just transition plan for an equitable fossil fuel phase out globally
Increasing climate finance, technology cooperation and capacity building to support greater emission reductions and adaptation in developing countries
Recognizing our historical responsibility and contributing to a Loss and Damage Fund hosted under the UNFCCC.

This is the kind of leadership we are looking for and expect. The first Global Stocktake and COP28 is a critical moment for the world to accelerate action to respond to the climate crisis. Now is your opportunity, but you must act.

Throughout the history of the climate negotiations, the United States has always fought against acknowledging its historical responsibility. Now is the time for this to stop. President Biden, now is the time to recognize the oversized impact of the United States on the climate crisis, to hold ourselves accountable, and to do our fair share. You say everyone should pay their fair share of taxes and workers should get a fair share of profits; so be it with climate action. By not doing so, COP28 could be a bust.

We want true climate leadership. Will you deliver?


350 Triangle

Association For Promotion Sustainable Development

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Berks Gas Truth

Blue Future

Brighter Green

Care About Climate

Cherokee Concerned Citizens

Clean Energy Action

Climate Generation

Colorado Democratic Party – Energy and Environment Initiative

Corporate Europe Observatory

Dogwood Alliance

Earth Action, Inc.


Elders Climate Action

Empower Our Future

Faith In Place

Fridays For Future Evansville

Fridays for Future USA

Fund for Democratic Communities

Fundacion Etnica Integral

Gas Free Seneca

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light


Justice Is Global

Kingdom Living Temple

Michigan Interfaith Power & Light

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light

Mississippi Rising Coalition

National Campaign for Sustainable Development Nepal

National Campaign for Sustainable Development Nepal

New Alpha CDC

New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light

North Carolina Council of Churches

North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light

Oil Change International

Oxfam America

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania

Selkirk Conservation Alliance

Share The World’s Resources

Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester Minnesota

The Oakland Institute

The People’s Justice Council

Unite North Metro Denver

US Climate Action Network

Virginia Interfaith Power & Light

The Whitney M. Slater Foundation

Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)